‘Red Line Robber’ strikes again in River North


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Taken from STNG Wire Reports.

Published Monday, June 8, 2009.

A bank branch in the River North area was robbed Monday afternoon and the FBI suspects the “Red Line Robber,” who is believed to have struck at least eight banks.

The robbery happened about 2:25 p.m. at the Charter One Bank branch at 33 W. Grand Ave., according to police News Affairs Officer JoAnn Taylor.

The robber — who unconfirmed sources said was wearing sunglasses — displayed a weapon, though he did not fire it, and no one was injured, Taylor said. He got away with an undetermined amount of cash, and there was a dye pack included, Taylor said.

Investigators believe the robber is the “Red Line Robber,”who is a serial bank robber now suspected n eight thefts from Chicago banks dating to January, FBI spokesman Ross Rice said. He earned his name because all of the branches are located near CTA Red Line stations.

Further details about Monday’s incident were not yet available and FBI agents remained at the scene as of about 4 p.m., he said.

The most recent robbery Red Line bank robbery occurred May 12 at the MB Financial Bank branch at 1 E. Wacker Dr. The day before, the same robber entered the Chase Bank branch in the 6400 block of North Sheridan Road but left without attempting a robbery after he apparently noticed the teller’s area was encased in bulletproof glass.

He is described as a black male with medium build, 30 to 35, 6 feet to 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He has worn sunglasses, a dark-colored baseball cap and a black colored bomber jacket during most robberies.

He is considered armed and dangerous because he carries a handgun, and the FBI believes he rides the CTA to and from the robberies.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification of the suspect. Anyone with information should call the FBI at skypeskypeskypeskypeskypeskypeskypeskypeskypeskypeskypeskype(312) 421-6700skype.

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